The purpose of this family history project is two

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ordinary lives that have profound effect on a person or family group. The purpose of this Family History Project is two-fold. First, it is an opportunity to “do” history. You will have the chance to ask historical questions, learn about the past through oral history, conduct independent research, and write an original history of a person who is near and dear to you. Second, this exercise will help you better understand the relationship of the person you interview and larger historical processes or events. The paper will be 2 pages or more in length, typed, double-spaced not including cover page. Instructing for Conducting the Interview: - Who will you interview (this should be a family member but it can also be an influential member of your community, church, etc.) - When and where the interview will take place (in person is best, but skype and telephone are okay, too) - What is the world-historical event that the person experiences (a war, the social movement, a major election, etc.); do research on this for context - A brief bio of the person based on background questions (where they are from, their profession, age, etc. - Formulate 4-8 open ended questions that you will ask during the interview (The National Day of Listening website has some good questions: nationaldayoflistening.org/great-questions). The Interview (30 mins-1 hour): - You should do a pre-interview and prepare the person, introduce yourself, explain the assignment, and give them the context of the HIS 106 course - Take notes, as you will attach these to the final paper (they can be hand-written); include the date, time, place, etc. - Begin with easy “background-bio” questions - Ask them to tell you about their life, childhood, adolescence, etc. - Ask them about the BIG historical event (based on the your prospectus/research) and how it affected their life - Ask them about personal events in their lives that changed them (re: not BIG history, but maybe marriage, birth, a big move, etc.) - Let the person talk, listen attentively, and “prompt” only when necessary with open-ended questions or gently steer them back to life story - Try to learn about how personal events and/or BIG history affected values, emotions, world-views, etc. Grading will include the quality of the interview and write-up, but more importantly how you analyze the story you were told and connect it to the context of the 106 course. Remember to draw insight from the “doing” of history as much as the knowledge of it. A hard copy of the Family Project is due February 14, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted. The Family Project is 20% of your final grade. 12
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